Since 1996, the young professionals of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) have inspired change in their community while bonding with their peers at lively events such as the autumnal-themed PUMPtoberfest. Admission to this year’s soiree includes all the Yuengling oktoberfest, Warsteiner oktoberfest, Spaten oktoberfest, Penn weizen, and Church Pious Monk beer guests can fit into a regulation-size rain boot. The festival also features scrumptious samples from Penn Brewery’s menu, such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, and soft pretzels, set against a backdrop of live entertainment from oberkrainer style band Gaudi Baum.
The gentle rumble of scattering pins blends with jovial laughter across Princess's 44 well-kept synthetic lanes. Alley dwellers hurl balls down polished lanes equipped with automated scoring systems, putting Newton’s laws of physics to the test more effectively than sitting beneath a bowling-ball tree. High-definition televisions throughout the alley keep patrons updated on athletic events, and optional bumpers avert ball follies and human frustration. Pleasant aromas lure tired and hungry bowlers to the adjoining Prior's Tap and Tavern where cooks crown pizzas with toppings, including barbecue chicken and banana peppers.
The old and the new come together seamlessly at Forward Lanes. Though the ball returns date back to the 1960s, they send balls back to their bowlers with hardly a squeak or shudder. Modern improvements, such as automatic scoring, allow players to enjoy the game without stopping every frame to call their one friend who still remembers the addition tables. Bowlers can refresh themselves with snacks from the small food menu and vending machine or quench their thirst with available beer, coolers, and soft drinks.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
Though Pines Plaza Lanes has been keeping guests entertained since 1957, the newly renovated space features state-of-the-art technology that ensures carefree rounds of bowling. The BYOB facility houses twenty lanes, which can accommodate league players, friendly outings, or up to 120 guests for an in-house party. On Friday nights, the alley turns down the lights for three hours of galactic bowling, allowing players to toss bowling balls under the lights of comets and stars without angering park rangers.
At North Versailles Bowling Center, bowlers hurl spheroids down well-waxed lanes crowned with a stunning diorama of the nighttime Pittsburgh skyline, taking timeouts to enjoy frosty beverages and cheesy pizzas from the nearby snack bar. Saturday nights are celebrated with glowing lights and music played by a live DJ, and ball hurlers attempt to celebrate the memory of Sir Isaac Newton by temporarily suspending the laws of physics with each roll. When they aren’t racking up strikes on the lanes or browsing Columbia, Storm, and Brunswick gear in the pro shop, visitors watch Pittsburgh sports teams on the lounge's five HDTVs or challenge each other to friendly rounds of billiards or trivia.